Colonel: cuts likely affect most OH base civilians

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm •  Published: February 23, 2013
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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A military leader at Ohio's largest military installation says most civilian workers at the southwest Ohio base are likely to lose pay if anticipated defense spending cuts go into effect.

The commander of the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton says fewer than 100 of the base's 13,000 civilian employees are likely to escape furloughs if the cuts occur, the Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV reported.

Col. Cassie Barlow says fewer people on the job could mean shorter operational hours, and some patients seeking treatment at Wright-Patterson Medical Center might be sent to other hospitals if the center is short staffed.

The spending cuts are scheduled to start automatically March 1 if Congress and President Barack Obama fail to avert them.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said most of the military's 800,000-employee civilian workers could be forced to take unpaid time off if the cuts aren't averted.

Any Wright-Patterson furloughs are expected to be one day a week for 22 weeks, with employees receiving a 30-day notice next month, Barlow said.